PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

Survival games

Would this have been its own genre at the start of 2014? Probably not, but there’s no denying that the combination of mechanics – permadeath, the need to eat and find shelter, undirected open worlds – has created a gold rush. The result is a thousand identical games, few of them worth playing and even fewer of them finished. Still, there’s reason to think that 2015 will be the year the genre comes of age – here are a few of those to look for.

Edge of Space

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A 2D sandbox in the shape of Terraria, but one in which the alien world – that is, the environment itself – tries to reject your efforts to colonise it. You’ll need to maintain a breathable atmosphere in order to stop the world reclaiming your base. The game has been in Early Access since mid-2014 with mixed responses so far.

Edge of Space interview.
All Edge of Space posts.

Solarix

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Survival Game, First-Person
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Psychological horror in deep space, the only still-human remains of genetic tampering gone south and trapped on a space station dodging not only ex-friends but the definitely-not-evil corporation’s lethal clean up crew. An indie contender for the Alien: Isolation hole in 2015’s schedule.

Solarix interview.
All Solarix posts.

7 Days To Die

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Survival Game, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another on the zombie survival pile, but 7DTD has focused on Minecraft-akin building and scavenging rather than the pure deadliness of its hordes and players. Buffs to the angry dead’s spawn rate and lethality at night mean a hunter/hunted cycle develops quickly.

7 Days To Die preview.
All 7 Days To Die posts.

DayZ

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Survival Game, Online, First-Person
Release date
12/31/2016
What is it?
It’s unlikely that a full 1.0 release of the depraved humanity sandbox will make it to us before 2016, but we should see it start to enter beta stages. That means a massive number of additional features and an engine overhaul.

DayZ preview.
DayZ feature.
All DayZ posts.

Dyscourse

Official site

Genre
Survival Game
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
It’s a survival game – yes, there’s lots of those – but Dyscourse is less about scrabbling for scraps in a wasteland and more about dealing with Walking Dead-style dramas and Oregon Trail-style group dynamics. It was successfully Kickstarted this year and the art looks beautiful.

All Dyscourse posts.

Kôna

Official site

Genre
Survival Game
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Surviving in snowy, freezing Northern Quebec with an adventure slant, there’s a demo build of this that was released as part of the successful Kickstarter. Alice enjoyed driving around in the snow and lamented not having access to a VR device, which the developers are targeting as the best way to experience it.

All Kôna posts.

Sheltered

Official site

Genre
Survival Game
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another post-apocalyptic game but this time about trying to scratch a living for you and your family in the underground bunker that kept you safe. It’s stark and depressing, but a great new take on survival in a wasteland.

All Sheltered posts.

Stranded Deep

Official site

Genre
Survival Game
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Golly, people sure do love trying to survive in mostly deserted places after plane crashes. Stranded Deep doesn’t appear to have cannibals in it at least, instead making the action about skewering crabs with sticks, swimming through the ocean in search of wrecks, and sailing on rafts to avoid sharks. It’s pretty, and procedural, but it’ll need to find its own flavour of survival if it’s to, er, survive.

Stranded Deep review (early access).
Stranded Deep video.
All Stranded Deep posts.

Submerged

Official site

Genre
Survival Game
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A first-person adventure game set in an ancient city that’s slowly sinking into the ocean. You’ve got a boat but are trapped there, scavenging in destroyed buildings to find survival materials and try to save your brother.

All Submerged posts.

The Long Dark

Official site

Genre
Survival Game
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The prettiest of the current survival crop, The Long Dark’s snowy fire-lit screenshots have been known to bring grown men to tears. It’s far earlier in development than its contemporaries but you wouldn’t know it from the surprising amount of polish.

The Long Dark video.
The Long Dark preview.
The Long Dark feature.
All The Long Dark posts.

White Night

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Adventure, Horror
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Inspired by Alone in the Dark – but not the shit bits, presumably – White Night sets you in an abandoned manor house cast in hard shadows, where you must solve light-based puzzles to progress, survive and unravel the house’s past. It looks great, though hopefully it has something new to do with light and shadow mechanics.

White Night review.
All White Night posts.

Before

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A strategy god game about prehistoric people surviving a brutal world of woolly mammoths and freezing winters, Before has been wowing anyone who has seen its screenshots on Twitter for around a year. Its creator, Bill Lowe, was recently hired by Facepunch Studios – makers of Garry’s Mod and Rust – so that he could devote his full attention to making the game a reality.

All Before posts.

Darkwood

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A slow-paced Teleglitch, a survival horror game by way of Ice-Pick Lodge; Darkwood is about top-down exploration of creepy woods, fighting off creepy crawlies and crafting the elements you need to defend yourself, but there’s a dash of surrealism that sets it apart from its rivals. Adam loves it.

Darkwood preview.
All Darkwood posts.

Eternal Winter

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
Q4
What is it?
An Early Access survival ga- no, where are you going, this one’s cool, I promise! See, you have a sleigh! AND FOUR HUSKIES. Four. Plus it’s more about resisting the ravages of nature at her coldest rather than any specific, killable threat.

Eternal Winter review (early access).
All Eternal Winter posts.

Life Is Feudal

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A survival MMO, more Wurm Online than DayZ, Life Is Feudal aims to simulate life and society in the middle ages. That means players need to work together to form towns and to take jobs – there are no weapons in the world except those forged by an in-game blacksmith, for example. Or at least, that’s the theory – it’s extremely early in development and it’s difficult to find stable, balanced servers that haven’t removed what few mechanics already exist for the sake of expediency.

Life Is Feudal preview.
All Life Is Feudal posts.

Proven Lands

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A sci-fi survival game set on an alien world, Proven Lands is different from its genre mates mainly by dint of having an AI storyteller that shapes your experience as you play. That should hopefully make the exploration of its world more than merely looking for scraps in the random number generator. Coupled with a voxel engine and promises of “archaeology”, this may stand out in a crowded genre.

All Proven Lands posts.

Rust

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Garry Newman was frustrated by the pace of development of DayZ and so he decided to make a game that played with similar concepts. The result was Rust, a multiplayer survival game built in Unity that quickly allowed for player-built housing and took on a flavour of its own. The Early Access release recently made the leap to a new version of Unity, bringing procedural worlds with it, but it’s still a long way from accomplishing its ambitions

Rust preview.
All Rust posts.

Sunless Sea

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Compared to most Early Access games, Sunless Sea’s sailing and story forms practically a finished game. There’s tens of hours of interactive fiction to discover, you can complete it, most of its main mechanics are complete, the combat has been refined through successive patches, and what’s left to do is mainly polish. We thought it had the Bestest Best Words of 2014, and you can see a roadmap for its remaining development here.

Sunless Sea review.
Sunless Sea video.
Sunless Sea preview.
Sunless Sea interview.
All Sunless Sea posts.

Survive The Nights

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Even more ambitious than your average DayZ-em-up, Survive The Nights is aiming to have everything from homegrown food to trap-making to vehicles and seemed surprisingly far along during its highly successful Kickstarter.

All Survive The Nights posts.

The Dead Linger

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
What sets Dead Linger apart from the hordes of other zombie survival games? Heck knows. It’s set on a procedural planet, so that’s nice, but other than that it’s hunting through farmhouses, dying to as many bugs as zeds, and as early access as they come. What happens when there’s no more room on Steam and the zombie games roam the earth?

All The Dead Linger posts.

The Forest

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
One of a million early access survival games launched in 2014, but The Forest differentiates itself by being extremely pretty and already fun. Its cannibals are terrifying, its island is full of mysteries, and it’s worth taking a look at simply for the detailed environment, full of wildlife and physicsy-falling trees.

The Forest preview.
The Forest feature.
All The Forest posts.

The Stomping Land

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Or, at least, hopefully released. The Stomping Land is a cautionary tale for all manner of modern development methods. Mostly abandoned by developers and fans alike, maybe something more will come of the much-maligned original dino-survival game in 2015.

The Stomping Land preview.
All The Stomping Land posts.

DinoSystem

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
Q3
What is it?
In the “DayZ but with…” camp, dinosaurs are popular but in an even earlier state of development than zombies. DinoSystem is on IndieGogo and does have an Alpha you can buy into. They’re also planning on simulating the extinction level event that wiped them all out, as an end-game scenario.

Planet Centauri

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
In the mold of Starbound, Planet Centauri is a 2D platformer with all the expected building, creating and fighting. Screenshots have shown off rideable mechs and fishing across more varied landscapes than Terraria managed. As with every project of this sort, the end goals are extremely ambitious so we predict a long Early Access road.

Empyrion – Galactic Survival

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Early Access, Space
Release date
Q2
What is it?
An indie shot at the Elite formula, allowing for landing on planets on top of all the usual space trading, fighting and exploring. Not the prettiest, which might be a boon when it comes to actually realising these massive ambitions.

The Flame In The Flood

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Exploration
Release date
July 2015
What is it?
Exploring the flooded backwaters of America after a great catastrophe, this is a “roguelite” survival game about rafting between different abandoned islands. Plus, you have an adorable dog with you who’s much more talented at staying alive.

All The Flame In The Flood posts.

Salt

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
Q3
What is it?
John’s surprise of the year and containing the RPS-certified bestest best exploration. A survival game on the surface, but without the extreme difficulty and horror usually associated. It was more about finding interesting things while on the hunt for food and water. A walking simulator with a little bit of direction-nudging.

GAMENAME review.
Salt preview.
Salt feature.
All Salt posts.

Subnautica

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Set on an alien world, the story of a stranded scientist exploring the infinite sea of this new planet. Through development its transitioned through survival sandbox and creative game into something more exploratory, focusing on the feeling of playing as a scientist. Unknown Worlds (of Natural Selection) have put it into “earliest access” – giving the community an option to fund development even earlier than normal.

Subnautica review (early access).
All Subnautica posts.

Caffeine

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Horror
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Horror puzzling aboard a mysterious, abandoned space station with faintly ridiculous undertones – it’s made for mining coffee from spatial bodies for the hopelessly addicted human race. Janeway would be pleased.

All Caffeine posts.

Draugen

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Psychological horror set in Scandinavia, the official description calls it a journey into the “pitch black heart of Norwegian national romanticism.” Alright then. What that seems to translate to is spooky cabins, an empty wilderness and an unnatural terror of the open sea.

Draugen preview.
All Draugen posts.

Phantasmal

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Horror
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Combining roguelike procedural generation of a terrifying mansion with the scavenging, sneaking and brutal deaths of survival horror. Along with threatening serious bodily harm, creatures in Phantasmal slowly drain your sanity from their sheer horribleness, leaving you unable to defend yourself.

All Phantasmal posts.

Narcosis

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Horror, VR
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Deep-sea survival searching for oxygen, a way up and staying sane in the icy, dark depths. Stunningly pretty and more alien than most off-world games, the intense darkness and claustrophobia are madly creepy. Of course it’s designed for the Oculus Rift for maximum terror.

Narcosis preview.
All Narcosis posts.

Grave

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Surreal horror straight out of Silent Hill, using light as a weapon and with a full story, Grave is attempting to have its narrative cake and eat it in online multiplayer too. Exactly where this balance will put it remains to be seen.

All Grave posts.

Resident Evil REmake HD

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Horror
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
The remake of a remake, this is the original Resident Evil’s Gamecube port re-up’d for new generation consoles and, next year, PC. It’s a classic and a good version of that classic, but will it find a place alongside RE4 HD and The Evil Within?

All Resident Evil REmake HD posts.

SOMA

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Horror
Release date
September 22nd 2015
What is it?
The next entry in Amnesia devs Frictional Games’ multi-stage plan to scare the entire populous of the earth to death, SOMA is set far beneath the sea in a research lab. Naturally the power’s off, freaky shit is going down and you’ve nothing but pathetic screams to protect yourself.

SOMA preview.
SOMA interview.
SOMA feature.
All SOMA posts.

Uncanny Valley

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Horror
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
2D survival horror reminiscent of Sole Survivor in art style but with more action and set within a massive facility in some remote, snowy wilderness. You’re the guard of this robotic research base and, predictably, it’s all going a bit wrong. There’s a demo been released over on the official site that shows off the developers’ focus on forcing the player to restart as little as possible.

All Uncanny Valley posts.

Project Zomboid

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
One of the oldest Early Access games on the market, predating Steam’s popularising of the phrase, we’ve been posting about and playing it since mid 2011. It finally allowed multiplayer in 2014 with a massive NPC system and vehicles the major additions needed to close on 1.0

All Project Zomboid posts.

Starbound

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
“Terraria in space” was a simple enough concept, but the Starbound team have grown far beyond their roots. A plot, sidequests and even more monsters, tiles and tools will be added on the road to 1.0

Starbound preview.
All Starbound posts.

Space Pirates And Zombies 2

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Space
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Nuts and bolts space exploring, upgrading and pew-pewing. Unapologetically still terribly named, it’s improving on every factor of the first game – more enemies, better AI, wars going on independent of the player and, ultimately, more ships to harvest for tasty, tasty parts.

All Space Pirates And Zombies 2 posts.

ADR1FT

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, First-Person, Space, VR
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Waking up with no memory of the catastrophic event that caused your space station to suffer extreme damage, you play as the lone survivor attempting to ascertain what occured and stay alive long enough to be rescued. A terrifying, designed-for-VR, atmospheric oxygen-hunter and investigation, it features some of the prettiest space-wreckage to date.

Planets3

Official site

Genre
Survival, RPG
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
A Minecraft-ish RPG, where a pre-written but procedurally included plot guides the player across a solar system of cube-shaped planets. As is the genre’s wont, it’s highly ambitious and was Kickstarted to the tune of $300k, with everything from customisable motorbikes that levelled up with you to inter-planetary travel promised. A ‘pre-alpha’ was released to backers and those who pre-ordered in January.

All Planets3 posts.

Interstellar Rift

Official site

Genre
Survival, Space
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Similar to the endless hyper-storm of space games, in that you fight, trade and explore your way across a galaxy. Interstellar has a heavier focus on survival, having to feed yourself and maintain your ship, which can be explored in first-person rather than being the character itself.

We Happy Few

Official site

Genre
Survival
Release date
June 2016
What is it?
Weird, alternate history 1960s England sets the stage for a tale of trying to avoid annoying the local populace as you attempt to escape from their masked dystopia. They really don’t like you acting out as they’re all addicted to a pill called Joy that lets them forget what happened in their town when the Nazis invaded. Stealth via pretending, rather than actual skulking, with a new town generated each time you fail.

All We Happy Few posts.

ARK: Survival Evolved

Official site

Genre
Survival, Early Access
Release date
June 2016
What is it?
It’s a dinosaur survival sim but no, come back, it almost certainly won’t be abandoned into obscurity, nothingness and eventually removal from Steam. Already with a number of systems in place, the aim is to go from naked nobody on a mysterious island to researching technology and riding dinosaurs around dodging space lasers and fighting dragons. A natural path.

All ARK: Survival Evolved posts.

Better Late Than DEAD

Official site

Genre
Survival, Early Access
Release date
July 9th 2015
What is it?
Going into Early Access, this island survival game is very careful not to use the word zombie anywhere in its description. Mysterious animals, a loss of memory and a photograph found on your person are the only hints as to what’s going on.

Dead Sea

Official site

Genre
Survival, Early Access
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Desert-based survival in a large open world. Not proving too popular with its Early Access audience so far, it’s clearly fairly incomplete. Eventually the plan is to have multiple storylines to follow and large bosses to fight, along with all the usual survival elements.

Resident Evil Zero HD

Official site

Genre
Survival Horror
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Uprezzed version of the mediocrely received prequel to the spider-web-huge series. Capcom have got the original game director back to work on it but there’s no details on what they’ll change.

All Resident Evil Zero HD posts.

Asteroids: Outpost

Official site

Genre
Survival, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Equal parts good idea for a space-rock dodging survival game and cynical slapping of a popular name on something. You’re up there to make your fortune, with a gold rush narrative focusing on hunks of metal hurling through space at thousands of kilometers an hour rather than small rivers.

All Asteroids: Outpost posts.

Ashen Falls

Official site

Genre
Survival Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Concept-stage but very pretty abandoned-town survival horror starring a lost teen girl. The backstory of a lost love and aesthetic are very Silent Hill but, based on the art at least, it could serve as an acceptable substitute to the sadly dead Kojima/Del Toro project.

All Asen Falls posts.

Child of Cooper

Official site

Genre
Survival Horror
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
From the evil minds behind Shelter comes this story of a child unable to understand the world around them or the situation they are in. Exactly how this will play out is being kept under wraps, but there’s promises of lots of weird goings on and rarely directly telling the player anything, leaving everything up to your interpretation.

All Child of Cooper posts.

H1Z1

Official site

Genre
Survival, Early Access
Release date
Q4
What is it?
The first big-budget shot at the Day Z early access crown from Daybreak Games (previously Sony Online Entertainment) those behind Planetside, Everquest and others. Currently a paid for beta of sorts, it will launch as free to play.

H1Z1 feature.
All H1Z1 posts.

Noct

Official site

Genre
Survival Horror, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Top-down spooky monster blasting with a washed out and staticy pallette. After Cthulian beasts plunge Earth into darkness you’re one of the few survivors trying to make their way in the world.

All Noct posts.

Reverse Side

Official site

Genre
Survival Horror, Space
Release date
July 2015
What is it?
After contact is lost with a secret moonbased established around a crashed alien vessel, you’re sent to find out what is wrong. Naturally, your lunar module crashes when landing and everyone in your team is killed. Spooky goings on far from breathable atmosphere abound.

Out of Reach

Official site

Genre
Survival, Online
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
As a pirate stranded on an island after a big storm, you’ve got to find supplies, build shelter, keep yourself warm and find something to eat. Then deal with the dozens of other players on the island trying to do exactly the same thing.

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153 Comments

  1. PikaBot says:

    Whether it actually gets released next year depends a lot more on the vagaries of VR headset releases than on the dev team’s work, but I think Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a game to look forward to. I’ve played it multiple times and it’s always a ton of fun.

    Disclaimer: I’m good friends with a member of the dev team, which is why I’ve gotten to play it multiple times. I really do think it’s a damn good game, though.

    • thristhart says:

      I am very excited for that game, but I do hope they add a mode for online multiplayer via voice chat or what have you. My gaming chums aren’t near by enough for the local mode!

      • PikaBot says:

        Well, you could just use Skype or any other voice chat software for that! It’s a very small team with no money, so I doubt they’ll want to have to implement and maintain a VOIP system within the game itself.

  2. Retro says:

    Massive list!

    1) there’s a ‘platformers’ category hidden in the ‘MMO’ category…
    2) it’s a bit of a shame that there’s no ‘classical’ sim (that is, flight-sim where you can shoot/bomb stuff, naval sim, tank sim.) in the ‘simulation’ category..it’s interesting that the business model there seems to go towards the same ‘base game’ being updated periodically/incrementially, which obviously does not give much change for big PR.. or the community taking up the task altogether..

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      Graham Smith says:

      1) Fixed!

      2) Good point. We probably missed a bunch of these. We’ll remedy that in the coming weeks/months.

      • Stevostin says:

        Hi Graham,

        While you’re at it you may want to add

        – Survarium (either Shooter or Exploration if you think about the upcoming freeplay mode)

        – Cradle (exploration, I guess ?)

      • Bishop says:

        If we’re making game requests my puzzle platformer, Trash TV, is coming out very early 2015 on Steam and a handful of other places. It’s like the love child of Super Crate Box and Limbo.

      • Dominic White says:

        Here’s one I just found out about a couple days ago:

        link to cross-code.com

        CrossCode. Action RPG in the vein of Secret of Mana, although maybe a bit more actiony. There’s a pretty beefy playable demo out now. Very slick and polished. My only gripe so far is that there’s a few grammatical/spelling flubs in the script right now.

    • Cuttlefish says:

      “it’s a bit of a shame that there’s no ‘classical’ sim … in the ‘simulation’ category”

      Though the article only labels it as “Survival” genre and only mentions the survival mode, DinoSystem is also an ecosystem simulation game. . There’s a god mode, that took inspiration from classical sim games like SimLife and SimEarth, that allows the player to mess around and experiment with the game’s ecosystem,

    • Gap Gen says:

      Yes, massive props to whoever compiled this!

    • padger says:

      Amazing list. What a resource! If you keep this updated across the year it becomes a sort of mega release-tracker.

  3. Banks says:

    Lots of interesting games, 2015 will be great.

    Personally, I can’t wait to play The Witness (finally). I’m really looking forward to the finished builds of Invisible Inc and The Masterplan too, they are shaping up to be fantastic.

    • kwyjibo says:

      Also looking forward to The Witness.

      At first, I thought it wasn’t included after looking in the puzzle section. Then it turns out it’s in the Exploration section. But The Witness is explicitly a puzzle game, your progress is gated by clearly signposted puzzles.

      While Scale, which is touted by its creator as more of an exploration game is placed into the puzzle section…

    • padger says:

      Yep, another one for The Witness. Just so intriguing!

  4. Grayman says:

    The platformer section includes nine instances of “metroid”

    • kwyjibo says:

      What’s worse is the presence of the non-word “metroidvania”.

      If you copy Metroid well enough, you can append your name onto the genre. In 2016, they’ll be called Metroidvaniaroofiyasongvergechasmmaiden. Or we can just call them all Metroid like forever.

      • aethyrium says:

        Nevermind the fact that the term has been in use for nearly a decade without all of the games coming out under its moniker being appended.

      • iainl says:

        Except that Durell’s Saboteur did all that stuff before Metroid anyway and I thought it was a better game (plus it’s just a platform adaptation of Knight Lore / Atic Atac). First doesn’t win prizes, sadly, and they’re known as Metroidvanias whether we like it or not.

        FPS games were “Doom Games” for years, despite that being a clear evolution of what id did with Wolfenstein 3D, so this isn’t exactly an odd development.

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    Lexx87 says:

    Well as i’m currently replaying a game from 2009, which is massive (yay Dragon Age) and my Steam library consists of many, many unplayed games from 2008-2014 i’ve lost all hope.

  6. Anthile says:

    Oh, you forgot Serpent In The Staglands again – and Frog Fractions 2.

    • pepperfez says:

      OR HAVE THEY?

    • InternetBatman says:

      And Underrail. And Avernum 2.

      RPS has baffling RPG decisions sometimes.

    • suibhne says:

      And Age of Decadence, which they’ve actually covered several times. (The content-complete beta will be released in Q1, so the final version is pretty certain for 2015.)

  7. Melody says:

    How do I put it…

    I understand that the world of text-based/text-heavy games (Twine, Visual Novels, Interactive fiction) and highly experimental games is fractured enough, that there often are no announcements before a game comes out etc. so I really can’t blame you too much for not including almost any of those. (No Choice of games though? They do have a more structured release schedule)
    Still it’s sad to see the only 2 visual novels relegated to “Strategy”. And, maybe I missed it, but it seems you forgot Christine Love’s Ladykiller in a Bind?

    On the good side, I’ve found lots of interesting-looking games, especially under the adventure header. So thank you ^_^

    (I only need 3 more of these posts to start becoming a parody of myself! :D)

    • HopeHubris says:

      Was going to say something similar myself, Choice Of seems to make up half of the games I’ve played in the last couple of months

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      Graham Smith says:

      You’re right on all counts. Will resolve that in an update.

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      SuddenSight says:

      This is certainly true, but recently I have found many text-based games are using episodic content to release in chunks. Some games (like Hero’s Rise) I don’t mind because each iteration is meant to feel like a complete game.

      However, I have “Dysfunctional Systems: Not the Complete Game” and “fault milestone more to come” sitting on my wishlist because they are incomplete.

      Also, there are a couple VNs at the bottom of the Strategy category. I don’t envy whoever had to assign categories (1 category per game really doesn’t work well in general) but these would probably make more sense grouped with the adventure games?

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      syllopsium says:

      You have a point, but is this in part because making money from IF is all but impossible these days?

      There’s Age of Decadence, perhaps, which was covered this year (and is currently early access on Steam). It may actually be properly released in 2015..maybe.

    • jbd says:

      Not 100% complete, and not PC-only, but I did make a post about upcoming text games for 2015.

  8. kud13 says:

    Holy Crap, SpellForce 3 is happening? that’s awesome news.

    Aside from Heroes of anhihilated empires, and to a lesser extent Warlords Battlecry III, no game really got that WarCraf III-esque balance of RTS and RPG as right as the SpellForce series.

    re-playing Dragonstrom and continuing on with the expansions was already on my gaming shortlist. Now they’ve just moved up a notch

    • mattevansc3 says:

      I’d skip the add-ones for SpellForce2, especially Faith in Destiny. They fail to recapture the spirit of the original SpellForce and Faith in Destiny brings nothing to the table. The plot is nonsense, the pacing is rushed, the dialogue is atrocious and it doesn’t even end on a cliff hanger, it ends half way through the mid chapter with nothing resolved. It’s really just bad fanfic. Demons of the Past, the last add-on is done by a different dev with a new engine and its meant to be better though I haven’t tried it yet.

  9. edwardh says:

    Funny… in the article for “Bombshell” you talk about an “impractically dressed” lady. Yet, I bet nobody ever mentioned the long dress the female character in “Eitr” is wearing. Because THAT is obviously highly practical in combat situations.

    • Antimagic says:

      Man, if you don’t see the difference between those two costume designs, either in practicality or why one’s been criticised and the other hasn’t, there’s no helping you.

    • Toasty_Tam_Lin says:

      It’s hard to exaggerate how daft this comment is. First off, the dress on the character in Eitr isn’t exactly long. It’s just over knee length, which is about the length of the tunic worn by men in the early medieval period. Secondly, even if it was a full length dress it would be perfectly possible to fight in. A well fitting dress doesn’t get in the way nearly as much as people might think. It’s not ideal, but the combat will still mostly come down to the relative skill of the two parties.

      And then there’s the whole ludicrousness of thinking that the two forms of impracticality would be equivalent. The scantily clad women trope is used because women get objectified by gamers/developers. Unsurprisingly, people take issue with this.

  10. Zallgrin says:

    Elegy of a Dead World is already out in 2014, by the way, so you can cross it from the list. They made a sneak-release which seems to have passed over the head of many people.

    • funkstar says:

      same minute! :P

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      Graham Smith says:

      Fixed! I think it was probably still in Early Access when we started this.

      • dahools says:

        You mean you didn’t knock this up in hour his morning? I’m less than impressed now. . .

      • funkstar says:

        was a little… slow… this morning, should’ve realised by the size of the article it was prepared in advance!

  11. funkstar says:

    Why is Elegy for a Dead World down as March 2015 release date? It’s out now on steam (came out in December), and not early access or anything… You even posted about the release here

  12. Crafter says:

    wow, 2015 looks like a very strong year for gaming.
    My Steam library is already overflowing with games I will never be able to play to and it looks like this backlist is only going to grow.
    I have not seen RimWorld in that list (I might have missed it though). It is a great colony sim / DF-like with scifi/western undertones. It is currently in early access of sort on its website and while the game systems look pretty much broken to me in their current state (alpha 9), it is still very fun to play to.

  13. Spacewalk says:

    Not. Enough. Games.

  14. dawnmane says:

    Have I gone blind, or did you forget Capybara’s Below?

  15. GameCat says:

    That’s like an incoming backlog for next 10 years or more.

  16. snowgim says:

    It always confounds me that Paradise Lost: First Contact isn’t titled Parasite Lost: First Contact… I always read it that way, but maybe that’s just me.

  17. Cockie says:

    I think the Dwarf Fortress release date is a tad optimistic.

    • Immobile Piper says:

      I’m used to thinking Early Access as something you have to pay money for. I was a bit confused at seeing Dwarf Fortress listed as one, but I guess EA term can be used for games that don’t require you to pay up front.

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    tigerfort says:

    I think the “!–nextpage” just above platformers may be an html error :)

    Also, I’m pretty sure “infintesimals” really is a platformer, not an “Isometric stealth assassination” game.

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      Graham Smith says:

      Fixed and fixed. Seems the description for Hidden Asset had somehow been copy and pasted into the space for Infinitesimals.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    I’d like to add Obsidian’s other two titles Armored Warfare (as MMO) and the small cardgame Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords, which has formally only been announced for mobiles, but devs have said other versions are in the works.

    I’d also say highly likely: Left 4 Dead 3 using Source 2 engine.
    Possible: Fallout 4, at least announced.
    Highly unlikely unless Valve plans to blow people’s minds with a “Black Box” followup to The Orange Box (bundled with L4D3, Dota 2 hats plus some more stuff): Half-Life 3

    • Devenger says:

      Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords: so that would be a PC version of a mobile game that’s a digital incarnation of a card game based on a tabletop roleplaying game? Cool! But I hope they do enough that’s new to make up for all the nice things you lose at each step of that transformation.

  20. FabriciusRex says:

    Where’s Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord? No Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord? How could you miss Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord? Your list SUXXXXSSSSSS!

    Looking forward to Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord.

  21. RARARA says:

    Beyond Good & Evil 2? Might as well as stick in Half Life 3 in there…

    Great list! Red: Out and Thumper looks rather nice. Seeing Negspace reminds me – I miss your DevLog Watch posts.

  22. mzz says:

    World of warship grinder, Rogue and some indie 2d sea going game and no Naval Action?
    Where is Naval Action. Tim stone was hyping it up a lot ..please add.

    link to m.youtube.com

  23. NathaI3 says:

    Holy… Holy cow. Let me just book a few more days off to read all this…

  24. Tarfman says:

    What about Strategic Command 3 from fury software. If its released in 2015 I think it will be strategy game of the year.

  25. dahools says:

    Raises glass to ethan hunt the undercover RPS spy who smuggled themselves in to such a heavily guarded sports interactive fortress to get the early access screen shot of the new football manager game! ;)

  26. ExitDose says:

    The roguelike section could use some Vagante love.

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    Andy_Panthro says:

    No mention of “underworld ascension” ? Hopefully they’ll be releasing lots of info over the next few months.

  28. LeanRight says:

    Woah, so many interesting games. Great list! :)

  29. Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

    Dynasty Warriors is about China, not Japan!

    • Thurgret says:

      I logged in just to say this. Unless they tucked a Japanese story in somewhere, Dynasty Warriors is all a somewhat bonkers adaptation of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

      • iainl says:

        Possibly, someone’s got themselves confused with the near-identical Samurai Warriors series; I’ve done that enough times as someone who doesn’t pay attention to plot in action games.

    • Soulstrider says:

      Yep, was about to say that. Can’t get this slander against Cao Cao pass unnoticed.

    • Wolfcoyote_J says:

      I was about to say that, too – especially since I’ve played the heck out of III, IV and V. As of the 6th it still isn’t fixed.

  30. captain nemo says:

    no sign of SYBAH multi-player – sigh

  31. Oozo says:

    That’s a very impressive list. I’m actually not sure if I should be excited about the sheer choice or a bit overwhelmed. Probably both, especially since a have made an effort this year not to play early access-games before they’re finished. (Which means that I still have a lot of games on Steam that I’ll try out in 2015 — looking at you, The Long Dark, Sunless Sea and various others.)

    It’s clear that such a list can never be comprehensive anyway, so I’ll just add a few more:
    – When it comes to adventures, Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet! is worth mentioning. Developed by Alasdair Becket, an award-winning comedian, it’s shaping up to be quite pleasant, and some of the Kickstarter updates alone had me smile more than a lot of finished games
    – In the RPG/adventure vein, there will also be UnderTale, a game that does not look like much at first glance, but that shapes up to have some clever ideas, and a very unique tone — there is a demo around that has not only won over a fair bunch of Kickstarter backers, but also RPS some time ago. If the whole game manages to be as charming as the demo, UnderTale will be not quite like anything else in 2015.
    Treachery In Beatdown City was also talked about quite a bit on RPS during its Kickstarter campaign — it’s a retro brawler with the added twist of being turnbased, and quite savvy in the ways of urban art and development, if the interviews with the creator are anything to go by.

    • Anthile says:

      There’s also Underrail, which should also come out some time this year.

  32. Psychomorph says:

    2015 must also be a year for “Ground Branch” by Blackfoot Studios (founded by an ex Red Storm lead). They will do an early access the coming months. I hope after all the waiting it’s finally the time.

  33. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    No Man’s Sky, Hyper Light Drifter and The Phantom Pain are my most anticipated this year.

    I also didn’t see Nom Nom Galaxy in your list. I’ve toyed with the early access and it seems well on its way to completion although still with a release date of TBA.

  34. welverin says:

    I’ll say it again, even people who have played every Metal Gear will be confused by the Phantom Pain. Hell, they be more confused.

  35. Turkey says:

    I hope this will be a Fallout or ES year.

    As much as I complain about those games, I always enjoy the spectacle surrounding their releases. It feels like a huge event every time.

  36. DirtyDivinity says:

    Hmm, tasty list with plenty of worlds and potential poetry!

    …Aaaaand : link to steamcommunity.com
    (or : link to dangerousrays.com )
    What makes you feel the meeting of these two words : ‘procedural S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’ ?

  37. heyheynaar says:

    I was wondering what games to look forward to in 2015, I did not expect there to be quite this many.

    Certainly I was not expecting the sheer amount of space games being released. Certainly a throw back to the 90’s especially Wings of Saint Nazaire. Looks like I will buy that X52 after all

    Anyway thanks for the fantastic list.

  38. DanMan says:

    And what date format did they choose? That’s right, the most unintuitive – the American “month / day / year” format… *nnnnngh*

    ISO format, people: “year – month – day” !

    • welverin says:

      I find it quite intuitive, of course I’m American and been dealing with it my whole life.

      • funkstar says:

        yyyy/mm/dd or dd/mm/yyyy makes the most sense to me, seeing as the units descend/ascend in size, depending. Probably leaning towards D/M/Y as that sounds better out loud – 1st January 2015, as opposed to 2015, January, the first. I’m guessing Y/M/D is the ISO standard because it makes sorting things based on dates easy (ie 20150101 vs 01012015) but to me, US date formats don’t make any logical sense at all :D

        • El Mariachi says:

          Many of us Americans agree, but there’s not much that can be done at this point. We had a push towards the metric system in the 70s but then Ronald fucking Reagan put a stop to it because… communism? (That was apparently also the problem with having solar panels on the White House.)

      • pepperfez says:

        It makes perfect sense if you say, e.g., “January 1st, 2015,” which is the standard American expression in my experience.

    • LionsPhil says:

      It’s a bizzare choice for a UK website.

  39. bad guy says:

    Racing Games 2015
    Beam NG

    • LionsPhil says:

      Jelly cars!

      They really need to model that vehicles have stuff inside them, and are not just a gelatinous shell with wheels stuck on.

  40. Zerpherion says:

    Lots of Indie/Small company games i have high interest in, Grand Theft Auto V probably the only triple AAA game I will pay for this year.

    Homeworld Collection not listed however?

  41. welverin says:

    Dead or Alive 5: Last Round for fighting games?

    • pepperfez says:

      Maybe the thought of DoA in a format that supports modding was just too horrible to face?

      My “Good Games of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be PC” list has plenty of fighting games on it: Guilty Gear Xrd, BBCPEx, and Undernight In-Birth have all been teased, so I’m hoping Japan’s apparent hatred of PCs doesn’t get in the way.

  42. P.Funk says:

    Looking at this list I can state that the Space genre is happier than its been in a decade and that the RTS genre is still trying to find itself. No FPS games grabbed me either, barring Verdun which I’m thrilled about if only because it should be the Paths to Glory of shooters, ie. they never make them about WW1.

    Two games actually about WW1 that I saw. I hope to see more of that since the dubya dubya deuce is pretty over represented as ever.

    • Zenicetus says:

      The cockpit-level Space genre is certainly looking good, although I’m not sure what else we’ll actually see in 2015 besides incremental development of Elite, and maybe No Mans Sky (whatever that turns out to be).

      The disappointments for me are mostly on the RTS and TBS side of space games, where I’m not seeing many new ideas to get excited about. Everyone seems to be making basically the same 2D strategy game over and over again. The budgets are lower for that type of game, so it should be easier to do something fresh.

  43. Christian Knudsen says:

    Thanks for including Hidden Asset! I guess I’d better ignore this hangover and get to work on the game…

  44. welverin says:

    re; Battlefield: Hardline

    Volition is behind Freespace and Saint’s Row, Visceral is responsible for Dead Space and BF:H.

  45. Samuel Bass says:

    At this risk of coming across as a grotesque self-promoter – and feel free to delete this if that’s not kosher – but figure it’s worth mentioning that ADR1FT is coming out this year. First-person space survival / exploration game with full VR support, got a bit of hype over the last few months.

    We have a trailer and everything:) – link to youtu.be

    With that out of the way, thank so much for putting together this list – have a feeling I’ll be referring to it a lot throughout the year. Also feels like I’ll need to clone myself in order to have the time necessary to play everything, but so much interesting stuff out there. The adventure game revival alone really makes my heart sing.

    • dahauns says:

      Your self plugging is really fine with me – as long it doesn’t delay your game!
      I need it NOW – My Oculus hungers for this experience!

  46. raiders5000 says:

    What’s with all the crappy graphics in the Roguelike genre? It’s 2015 for crying aloud. If I want to play a 1980’s game…I’ll play a 1980’s game.

    • Wulfram says:

      Real roguelikes don’t have these “graphics” you speak of. Ascii was good enough for our grandparents, it should be good enough for us

      • raiders5000 says:

        Really? Make sure a “grandparent” price comes with that Ascii code.

        • pepperfez says:

          Roguelikes also demand highly readable graphics, something that’s often best accomplished with extreme simplicity.

  47. fish99 says:

    GTAV fits better in ‘action games’ TBH. It’s still mostly played 3rd person and has more driving than it has shooting.

  48. MaXimillion says:

    What’s up with the US-style date formating (MDY) instead of either of the logical and more widespread choices (DMY/YMD)?

    Also, I wish you’d either use “Roguelite” or “Roguelike/-lite” to avoid diluting the genre definition.

    • pepperfez says:

      I’m quite partial to “roguelikelike” because it conjures the image of a wobbly backstabbing intestine-beast.

  49. Muzman says:

    Good lordy that was epic.

    And yes where is Cradle? I don’t blame the site for missing it. It seemed to have ducked off the radar for a while.
    But looking now they are still talking, still localising. So it’s not one of those faded games, thankfully..

  50. DanMan says:

    Having the name of the developers in there would have been nice. I might be interested in experimental / crappy-looking games by a dev I know and like. Also to promote them and get their name out in case of indies.